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Occupational Therapy Assistant

Enter one of the fastest growing professions in less than 20 months. Learn everything you need to know to pass the NBCOT and enter the OTA field with an Associate of Science degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant.
About Our Occupational Therapy Assistant Program

Ameritech has emerged as a leader in healthcare education, run by skilled and experienced working professionals in the industry. Our Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program in Utah was created and is taught by faculty experienced in education and clinical practice. Our accelerated curriculum model requires only 20 months to complete and receive an associate’s degree. Prepared through didactic coursework, experiential learning, and ancillary certifications, students will graduate ready for a lifetime of working in healthcare.

Being an OTA

According the the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of occupational therapy assistants (OTA) is projected to grow 43% from 2012 to 2022, making OTA one of the nation’s fastest-growing professions. Demand for OTAs is expected to rise significantly over the coming decade in response to the health needs of the aging baby-boom generation and a growing elderly population. Ameritech is committed to working alongside students in field education and helping them find the job that is right for them.

Read our free ebook to find out if Ameritech’s OTA program is right for you.

Why Ameritech

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Healthcare leaders

Ameritech is a growing authority in the healthcare education industry, with one of the highest-ranking pre-licensure nursing programs in the nation and one of the highest NCLEX pass rates in Utah. Our new Occupational Therapy Assistant program strives to match the academic excellence and rigorous job preparation Ameritech is known for.

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Finish fast

Ameritech’s OTA program takes only five semesters to complete, which means new students can enter the in-demand OTA job market in as few as 20 months.

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Certifications

Graduates may be eligible for certification as a Certified Dementia Practitioner and CarFit Technician.

Program at a glance

Degree: Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)
Total Credit Hours: 66
Program Length: 75 weeks (5 semesters)
Location: Draper campus
Required Clinical/Externship Hours: 16 weeks of Level II Fieldwork
Some program courses are offered in an online asynchronous format.

Our accelerated Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program is designed to prepare graduates to pass the NBCOT exam and enter the field as competent and confident registered occupational therapy assistants.

The program provides a professional and collaborative environment for students to gain the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary to become professional OTAs. The expansive lifelike lab environments provide students the opportunity to enhance and solidify clinical and critical thinking skills, prior to fieldwork experiences. Prepared through didactic coursework, experiential learning, and ancillary certifications, students will graduate ready to serve clients, families, and communities in one of the most rewarding careers in healthcare!

Students enjoy a variety of perks during their time at Ameritech. Upon completion of the program, lifetime career placement is made available to our graduates by our dedicated career services team.

Curriculum

Semester 1 
Total Semester Credits15
CourseCredits
BIO 210 Anatomy and Physiology6
ENG 220 English Composition and Professional Writing3
OTA 100 Intro to Occupational Therapy3
TRM 102 Medical Terminology1
OTA 110 The OTA Professional2
Semester 2 
Total Semester Credits12
CourseCredits
OTA 120 Occupations of Childhood and Adolescence4
OTA 130 OTA Skills I2
OTA 140 Kinesiology and Functional Movement3
PSY 212 Principles of Human Psychology3
Semester 3 
Total Semester Credits13
CourseCredits
OTA 150 Occupations of Adulthood4
OTA 170 OTA Skills II2
OTA 180 Neuro and Functional Cognition2
MAT 105 College Math2
OTA 190 Psychosocial Aspects of Occupation3
Semester 4 
Total Semester Credits12
CourseCredits
OTA 200 Occupations of Later Adulthood4
OTA 230 OTA Skills III2
OTA 250 Professional Topics for the OTA3
SOC 212 The Study of Society3
Semester 5 
Total Semester Credits14
CourseCredits
OTA 270 Fieldwork II-A 6
OTA 280 Fieldwork II-B6
OTA 290 NBCOT Review2

Some of my favorite benefits to working as an occupational therapy assistant is flexible work hours, management opportunities, availability to work with a variety of people and settings, lots of job openings, ability to be creative, and most importantly, it is extremely rewarding. Ameritech is the first step on your journey to a fulfilling, in-demand career as an OTA.

Michelle RichardsCOTA/L, CDP

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Financial Aid

We understand paying for college is a primary concern for most of our students. We believe college should be accessible and affordable to everyone. That is why we offer a variety of financial aid options for those who qualify.

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Next Start Date

Our OTA program offers two enrollment periods annually. Our next start date is September 5. Given the demand for the program, we highly recommend you apply as early as possible.

How do I get started?

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Accreditation

The occupational therapy assistant program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org. Once accreditation of the program has been obtained, its graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapy assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). In addition, most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

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